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WC ANC resolves to suspend Fransman

The ANC PEC in the Western Cape also blamed leadership instability of its poor election performance.

ANC president Jacob Zuma is accompanied by the party's Western Cape Secretary Marius Fransman on a walkabout through Philippi in Cape Town on 6 January 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has highlighted leadership instability as one of the reasons for its poor performance at this year's local government elections.

The party's provincial executive committee (PEC) met this past weekend to assess their results, where they addressed challenges identified in the assessment.

The PEC expressed disappointment at the loss of around 130,000 votes.

The ANC's Yonela Diko says, among other measures put in place to address these issues, the PEC has resolved that Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman be suspended pending disciplinary processes.

"At this stage, because the chairperson is awaiting the outcome from the NEC, he should be suspended. The initial terms of him being asked to step aside was a bit open and it left him unaware. But there is clarity with where he stands."

Fransman was asked to step aside by the party's national leadership this year to allow for a probe into allegations of sexual assault.

About a month ago, Fransman was given the go ahead by Luthuli House to resume his duties as leader in the province.

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